Increasingly, libraries have become “community sites,” not just places for books and tapes ... the quiet library of the past is not the library of the present. One has only to check out the monthly calendar at the Westerly Library to see the program for adults, teens and children, such as co…

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I love movies. Maybe that’s why date night for Lori and me is so much fun. We grab a movie and make some pizza. We light a fire in the fireplace and then settle in to see the show. Who needs to go out when you can have an adventure right in your living room? This past week we took a trip to …

He tried to trick me. I caught him. He added five pounds to the weight I was trying to lift. I pretended that I didn’t see it and promptly changed it back. Then I proceeded to do the curls on the machine. That’s what I like about Arthur. He is always pushing me to do better. He challenges me…

People have widely mixed feelings about the genre of “true crime.” Some describe books and films of this type as “ghoulish” or “crass.” Others see them as “compelling” or “spellbinding.” One thing we can all agree on: they are certainly not boring.

Every year, the Alzheimer’s Association releases a report on the impact of Alzheimer’s dementia in this country. As you would expect, the information it contains is compelling. As I work regularly with formal and informal caregivers of those with Alzheimer’s and other dementia, I was drawn t…

I will never forget the day that Dave walked into my office with a gift. He heard that one of the members of the congregation was having a difficult time. In his hands he had a coffee tin filled with change. He estimated that it was between three and five hundred dollars. His only instructio…

I love working at the library and especially with the old photographs and books we have in our Special Collections room. Reading about Westerly in past centuries and looking at photographs from the 1800s helps me connect the past to the present. I am definitely the kind of person who fervent…

Many people have asked me about my position as the fire safety specialist for the Rhode Island Southern Firefighters League and have asked questions about what the Southern League is. I would like to use this article to educate the public on the efforts of this dedicated group. 

I want to apologize in advance for bringing up a real stinky subject. It has to do with “curbing” your dog. I will never forget a cartoon that pictured two aliens looking down on a local park. One says to the other, “The brown furry one must be the leader. The other one is stooping down to p…

The new year, along with the most of our well-intentioned, obligatory resolutions, is gone. I’m here to tell you how the Westerly Library can help you do something beginning right now that will help you keep more money in your wallet, and isn’t that a great idea? There are many ways that sim…

Since 2004 the Veterans of Foreign Wars has provided more than $5 million of grants through its Unmet Needs program to cover housing costs and basic needs for struggling military families. This month, the VFW shared the story of an Army veteran and his family who were helped out during a dif…

My jaw dropped as I heard her tell the story. She said, “Harry and I got there early. We wanted to celebrate with our friends.” Then she went on to tell how everything started to happen. The Bishop arrived. The crowd swelled. Before they knew it, they had been ushered into the church and a v…

In virtually all the predictions of what will be hot in the 2020 General Assembly session, there has been little mention of environmental policy. It is imperative that we make progress in 2020 on several fronts including plastics pollution, sea level rise, renewable energy, sustaining a clea…

Last Wednesday the 15th would have been Martin Luther King Jr.’s 91st birthday, and today, the library is closed for the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. I read a bit about him recently and was reminded of what an impressive and accomplished man he was. He graduated from his segregated high s…

During this past holiday season, we all spent our hard-earned money on a variety of items from the mall as we gave, and received, our holiday gifts. And not only during this season do we shop, but consider how many purchases we make throughout the entire year on consumer goods. Clothing, hou…

It was reminiscent of something out of the old television series M*A*S*H. There were people everywhere. Every seat was taken. Some people were sitting in wheelchairs. No one looked happy to be there. There was a pall over the room as the sound of muffled coughs emerged from every corner. I’v…

Editor’s note: The South County Chapter of the League of Women Voters will commemorate the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution of the United States this year in a series of monthly columns in The Sun. The amendment, which gave women the right to vote, b…

I do a great deal of lecturing and training for individuals in all walks of life. Many are informal, at home, caregivers while others may be professional caregivers like nurses and doctors, as well as people who simply want to learn more about Alzheimer's disease “just in case.”

I have to admit that when GMC unveiled their new commercial on Black Friday of 2018, I thought at first blush that it was kind of cute, humorous even. Now I can’t stand the thing, nor the two entitled Millennials who star in it.

I could hear him in the back. I had gone in for breakfast and I got a virtuoso performance on the side. The cook was humming the strains of a familiar song. I liked it. The cool part of that encounter was the fact that long after I finished my meal, the song stayed with me. I began humming i…

It is now 2020 and we are no closer to a new school facilities plan for the elementary grades than when this target date was identified. Two obvious plans have been rejected and we are now having to face years of planning, informational sessions and voting ... again. We really can’t wait to …

There should be no shame in admitting when you do not know something. Merriam-Webster defines ignorance as a “lack of knowledge, education, or awareness.” It seems to me that the negative connotation surrounding the word ignorance has more to do with the refusal to acknowledge lack of knowle…

For a rather immodest reason I cannot let this holiday season close without a nod to Bill Gill, a mellifluous fellow from Mystic often seen walking his border collie rescues through the downtown and who for the last three decades has provided friends and relatives a serious session of head-b…

The New Year brings opportunity for change and many residents want to know what they can do to help others.   Your local first responders are encouraging you to also focus on helping yourself by make safety a priority when you make your New Year’s resolutions. By installing highly visible ad…

The stress level was rising. I could feel it. All I wanted to do was stay in line and get to my destination. At that moment, it seemed like the whole world was working against me. As I was decompressing an hour later, I realized that God had just given a lesson I could take into the new year…

It’s that time of year again. New Year’s Eve is tomorrow — the ball is about to drop, the champagne’s going to be flowing, and resolutions are getting made! We all want to be smarter, happier, and healthier, but sometimes we need help getting started. Don’t worry! No matter what your goal is…

Serenity Nicole Lauderbaugh, who is turning 20 soon, was a New Year’s baby, but, doing the math, she was not just any New Year’s baby. She was born two hours and 17 minutes after midnight on Jan. 1, 2000, in New London, making her the first baby of the new millennium at Lawrence + Memorial H…

Each year in mid-December a patriotic convoy of memorial wreaths begins its trek from Worcester Wreath Company in Harrington, Maine, to its final destination at Arlington National Cemetery, across the Potomac River from Washington D.C. What started as a gift to forgotten veterans at our nati…

In review of 2019, let’s first acknowledge people we have lost: Barry Ricci, superintendent of the Chariho Regional School District; Eleanor Dove, matriarch of the Narragansett Indian Tribe; Jack Briggs, who worked for Charlestown for 37 years. They and others are sorely missed.

The image of Clark Kent stepping into a phone booth came to mind as I walked into Toscano's Men's Shop last week. A few minutes later I came out and hit the streets of Westerly feeling like Superman. I was walking on air. I was ready to save the world. Christmas was coming and I was ready fo…

Only a few days remain until Christmas, but advertisements for last-minute gifts and goods are still in full swing; to be honest, I don’t think they’ve slowed one bit since Black Friday. Not surprisingly, many of the popular gifts are tech-related: the newest smartphones, fitness trackers, d…